Great Northern Diver - 4os
Later, a Marsh Harrier was seen from the stables, (SR) and the Barn Owl was back out hunting mid-afternoon. (IH)
Marsh Farm: There were 21 Cattle Egrets, two Egyptian Geese and a Marsh Harrier near the farm today. (GaJ)
Medmerry: Breach Viewpoint - A Marsh Harrier was seen from here this morning. (RJS/A&YF)
Later on, a male Goosander flew in from north circled once then flew back north, and the two Marsh Harriers were still present.. (S&SaH)
Medmerry: Easton Lane to the Stilt Pool - It was good to see a Barn Owl out hunting this afternoon, after a long absence, whilst there were also a Stonechat, a Fieldfare, two Yellowhammers and three Reed Buntings along the banks and two Buzzards and a Kestrel went over. (S&SaH)
Saturday, 18th January: A welcome change in the weather with high pressure moving in; cold, crisp and frosty with glorious winter sunshine and a cool but light NW wind.
We regret to report the sad news of the recent passing of Hants birder and former Bill regular John Brame. Although John may not be known to the younger generation of Peninsula birders, he was certainly well known to the older set from the late 1980s to the turn of the century and is a former Pom King, having won the title in 1997. But John didn't just win it, he smashed it, holding the honour of recording the most Poms in a day (103) and the biggest single flock (the near-mythical 25)....all recorded on that magical 2nd May. What's more it is a record that still stands to this day, despite the annual efforts of many of us since, (though the 25 flock has now been equalled).
John was a man big in stature and personality, with a cheery attitude and a sense of humour - which he certainly needed when teased by some of his fellow Hants birders who also attended at this time! He would often be found sitting in the sunshine, puffing contentedly on a small cigar as the banter went on around him; these were good times at the Bill when the old Pontins site was still a great birding spot.
Ferry Pool: About 40 Shoveler and c100 Wigeon and Teal were around the pool, with at least 500 Lapwings sat out on the field. (AH)
Church Norton: Three Slavonian Grebes, a Red-throated Diver and five Red-breasted Mergansers were offshore this morning, but the harbour was quiet save the Peregrine and a few of the regular waders. There were also a pair of Stonechats in the horse field and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from the Severals. (IP/S&SaH)
North Wall: The Barn Owl was out hunting late this morning and a Raven went over heading east, whilst the four Egyptian Geese and up to 20 Cattle Egrets were distantly viewable around Marsh Farm.
There were a lot of waders in the harbour, too, including at least 200 Golden Plovers, up to 1000 Black-tailed Godwits and at least that, and probably many more, Lapwings, all taking to the wing several times, though no raptors were noted.
The only passerines noted were a few Reed Buntings and a couple of calling Cetti's Warblers along the wall and two Redwings, five Song Thrushes, ten Blackbirds, a Grey and two Pied Wagtails, plus a Kestrel, in the paddocks and a couple of Goldcrests along the lane. (AH/JDW et al)
Friday, 17th January: A fairly bright morning, but chilly in the brisk and freshening westerly breeze....
(0740-0930hrs) (wind WSW F6-7). (SR/BI/IP/AH)
Great Northern Diver - 3os
diver sp. - 2E
Slavonian Grebe - 2os
Fulmar - 3W
Common Scoter - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 22E, 7W, 6os
Common Gull - 12E
Kittiwake - 1E
Sandwich Tern - 8os
Razorbill - 4os
auk sp, - 1E, 1W